Obama Care and why Churches Don’t Need to Be Political Mono-Cultures

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House for All Sinners and Saints, the congregation I serve as Pastor, is a pretty progressive bunch of folks.  The culture of the congregation skews liberal – so when a thing like the SCOTUS ruling that the Affordable Care Act was indeed constitutional happens, my Facebook newsfeed lights up with one celebration after the other. [Read More...]

A Blessing of the Bicycles

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Urban biking is not without peril.  Many of my parishioners rely exclusively on human-powered transportation and do so while competing for road space with motorized vehicles.  As a way of acknowledging the inherent goodness of God’s gifts of life and health and the humble but elegant bicycle we decided to conduct a Blessing of the [Read More...]

Sermon on Fear, Self-centeredness and the Storm at Sea

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NBW sermon 6_24_2012 <——- Click here to listen along. Preaching is a spoken art form! This might come as a shock to all of you, but I have not always gotten everything I’ve wanted.  And I’m sure unlike all of you…sometimes I blame God for that.  As a matter of fact, there are things in [Read More...]

Sermon: A re-telling of Adam and Eve and that Damned Snake

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NBW Sermon 6_10_2012 <—–Click here to listen along.  Sermons are a spoken art form! And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not [Read More...]

people will actually sing if you let them.

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This past Sunday I recorded the last verse of  our closing hymn: How Great Thou Art.  Please take a second to listen: How great thou art-1. HFASS <—–click here One of my non-negotiables going in to starting a church was that congregational singing be the primary musical expression of the gathered people of God. Not a [Read More...]

Some thoughts on the Holy Trinity

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Holy Trinity is not the most popular festival among preachers who, for all the other seasons and special days of the church year, normally get to dig into interesting gospel narratives.  Most other festivals of the church celebrate an event.  We commemorate happenings in the life of Christ: Mary’s visit from Gabriel announcing the miraculous [Read More...]

The Pentecost sermon I preached at the Festival of Homiletics

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When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them [Read More...]

Agape Doesn’t Mean “Potluck”

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Sermon 5-13-2012 <———Click here to listen along.  Sermons are a spoken art form! 9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.11I have said these things [Read More...]

I hope the President just did what I could not do today

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I like to hold “office hours” every week at a local coffee house.  It gives my parishioners an opportunity to connect with me and to meet each other.  This morning Jim came in and sat down with the small House for All Sinners and Saints crowd already around the table.  I’m just so angry and [Read More...]

The Conversion of Phillip by a Gender Transgressive Foreigner

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3 years ago I preached a sermon on Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch that became seminal to the identity of House for All Sinners and Saints.  This text came up in the lectionary again this week and I was asked to preach it again.  What follows is my adaptation.  The audio is not available due [Read More...]


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